Daily Archives: 22 Oct 2012

My Friends are Horrible People… Just Sayin’

From the twitter-

And as nice as I am to them…  Friends… you can’t live with ’em (cause they’re too far away) and ya can’t kill ’em (because that would be unethical… I think… maybe…).

But the real question here is, how did such meanies get such wonderfully sweet and fantastic wives?

Nestle-Aland 28 Has Arrived in the United States

For those of you in the States waiting for your copy of NA-28, I have word from my trusted source that they have arrived in the country and are even now being sent to those who requested copies.  So watch your mail or UPS delivery dude.

And yes, I realize that a few of you paid outrageously high shipping to get your copy a few weeks earlier- but that only means that now you have less to spend at SBL.  So, in a word, nanny-nanny-poo-poo.

This is the twenty-eighth edition of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece (NA28). NA28 is the standard scholarly edition of the Greek New Testament used by scholars, Bible translators, professors, students, and pastors worldwide. Now NA28 has been revised and improved:

• Critical apparatus revised and easier to use
• Papyrii 117-127 included for the first time
• In-depth revision of the Catholic Epistles, with more than 30 changes to the upper text
• Scripture references systematically reviewed for accuracy

I am, I have to confess, really excited. I mean REALLY excited.

Refo500 Workshop in Wittenberg

Workshop Reformation Research at the Leucorea, Wittenberg, October 26th-28th, 2012

The workshop is meant for young researchers who are writing a doctoral thesis or a habilitation thesis on a topic within the realm of Reformation history. They can present their work or central parts of their work and discuss it with the presiders of the conference as well as with the whole group present at the workshop. For further information and application click here.

If you’re in the region, do go to the link for many more details and then go to the Conference.

Pseudo-Pastor Hipster Heretic, And Why I Wish the Office of the Holy Inquisition Were Freely Operating

I’d become a Papist if the Inquisition could rid the world of these lamentably despicable deceivers.

Here’s a pile of wood, Your Holiness Pope Ratzinger, and here’s a match. Say the word. (Via Bryan Bibb on FB).

Why Americans Love, and Vote For, Lying Politicians

First, some facts, and then, an explanation.

Fact 1- When Bill Clinton left office the US had a budget surplus.
Fact 2- George Bush inherited that budget surplus.
Fact 3- George Bush pushed, along with Congress, far reaching tax cuts.
Fact 4- Those tax cuts affected every segment of society, from the welfare poor to the super rich.
Fact 5- Those tax cuts produced a gigantic budget shortfall.
Fact 6- The present budget crisis is a result – directly – of the Bush tax cuts (and defense spending).
Fact 7- The crisis cannot be corrected without tax hikes and spending cuts.

Those seven facts are irrefutable. They are absolute truth. Now then, why will Americans elect politicians who will lie to them? And why do they love them?

Simply put, because every segment of American society is as greedy as the rest. The welfare poor are just as greedy as the super rich. You can see them hovering around the Post Office or their mailbox awaiting ‘their’ money on the first of the month and at tax season ‘their refund’ for ‘their’ earned income credit. And you can see the middle class demanding retention of ‘their’ mortgage interest deduction. And you can see the rich demanding ‘their’ investment income deduction.

Or, in short, everyone has their hand out in one way or another. Everyone. America, it seems, is a country driven not by communal concern but by individual greed. ‘It’s the economy, stupid’ is the same thing as ‘it’s greed, stupid’. Americans are no longer willing to sacrifice for the greater good. Americans only care about their own self interests.

Hence, so do our politicians. The truth, you see, the ugly horrid truth is that our politicians don’t lead, they follow. They follow the public and the public wants its bread and circuses. And that’s all it wants. And so it elects people who lie about the problem facing America and they do so with open eyes. ‘Lie to me; tell me you’ll cut my taxes; tell me I’ll have money in my bank account. I’ll vote for you‘. That’s America’s motto. And it’s a motto driven by the most perverse focus on self that America has ever seen in all its history.

America has – and elects – the very politicians it deserves. It elects the man in the mirror.

I’m Exceedingly Annoyed at Academia.edu Right Now

Like many of you I post links on Academia.edu.  I’ve discovered today, though, that in spite of the fact that I’ve linked to individual web pages, particularly for book reviews, that all of those links are somehow turned into generic pointers to the blog main page.

So, for instance, while this link – http://bit.ly/lbnC6M at Academia.edu (http://www.academia.edu/1929880/Review_of_Craig_Martins_An_Introduction_to_the_Critical_Study_of_Religion) should point to my review of Craig Martin’s ‘Religion’ it instead of taking readers here- http://bit.ly/RXlYkx, they are, again, directed here-  http://bit.ly/lbnC6M).

And that’s just annoying.

So, if you go to a particular review might I recommend that instead of following the Academia.edu link you instead simply search the blog for the review which interests you.  At least that way you’ll find what you’re looking for.

What’s Wrong, LSU, The Cross Make you Nervous?

A group of Louisiana State University football fans whose admiration for the Tigers is second only to their love for Jesus is outraged after the school digitally erased the tiny crosses they painted on their bare upper chests at a recent football game. LSU officials sent out a photo of The Painted Posse, Christian students who paint their bodies with LSU school colors and small crosses for home games, in an email about the LSU game against South Carolina on Oct. 13. The students were shocked to see the photo, which appeared to be otherwise untouched, in the newsletter that went out following the Tigers’ 23-21 win over the then-No. 3 Gamecocks. The Tigers are now 7-1 for the season.

Here’s the actual photo:

note the cross on the left shoulder above the ‘t’

And now what LSU does to photos including a cross-

and now it’s gone

This is the fruit of political correctness and the irrational fear of loud, silly, angry atheists.  As Bob Cargill remarks (with thanks to him for pointing the story out on FB), if you don’t want to use the photo in your newsletter that’s your business- but to edit out the cross is foolhardy and ridiculous.

Nevertheless- America, behold your cowering to the minority fear filled future.

Lance Armstrong: Wielding Threats and Silencing Critics

GMA just aired a piece on Armstrong which shows him to be more than a cyclist and businessman.  It showed him to be a controlling, threatening, critic-silencing thug.  The Telegraph has an interesting look at Armstrong and the American press which folk interested in the topic should read as well.  Among the better bits

He is a fraud to the jazzed-up marrow of his bones. He is a bald-faced liar to the public and under oath to investigators. And he is a thug who attempted to conceal his systemic cheating with threats and intimidation.

And

The US Anti-Doping Agency’s release of its “reasoned decision” and staggeringly voluminous supporting documents … rewrites Armstrong’s sporting epitaph from alleged to proven user of performance-enhancing drugs and techniques. After today, anyone who remains unconvinced simply doesn’t want to know.

Most interesting to me was the mention in the GMA report that Armstrong often accused those who sought to get to the truth of his scandalous behavior of being, somehow, ‘pro-cancer’!!!!  That alone proves him a depraved scoundrel.

Lance Armstrong- deceiver.

Malala’s Power Over the Taliban

via Michael Barber on FB

To Those Attending SBL in Chicago

Sidnie Crawford White announces

There will be a special session at SBL in memory of Frank Cross on Saturday at 5:00 p.m., room to be announced. Colleagues and friends are invited to share memories of this great scholar, mentor and teacher.

This is right and a fitting thing to do. As information becomes available I’ll pass it on.

My Prediction for Tonight’s Debate

Neither candidate will say ‘It’s time for a Palestinian homeland and it’s time for Israel to cease intrusion into Palestinian lands.  From this point onward the US shall support the Palestinian cause with the same vigor, energy, and financial resources with which we have unstintingly supported Israel in the past.  Indeed, today begins a sea-change in our dealings with the Middle East as from now till forever we shall be a truly neutral partner in the quest for peace.  Furthermore, from this moment, all military aid to Israel is ended.’

Both should say that.  Neither will, for both are too cowardly and morally weak to do the right thing.